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Stock Market Games, 2016
The 6th Grade UFO students at Pontotoc Middle School competed in the 2016 Spring Stock Market Games.  The program enables teams of students to invest a hypothetical $100,000 in the stock market over a 15 week period.  Winners are determined on the percentage return above or below S&P 500 growth.  The first place Pontotoc Middle School team out performed the S&P by 21.3% and grew their portfolio to $132,504.  The second place team outperformed the S&P by 13.8% and grew their portfolio to $125,037.  The teams were honored at the Mississippi Council on Economic Education's Annual Awards Ceremony on May 10th at Mississippi College in Clinton, MS. 
Endowment Grants Awarded for 2016-2017 school year

Congratulations to the 2016-2017 grant recipients from the Pontotoc Endowment for Excellence in Education. 

Pontotoc Elementary
Kim Baldwin
Janet Barefoot
Sarah Burrell

D.T. Cox Elementary
Leslie Mitchell
Lee Waltress

Pontotoc Middle School
Angel Borland
Murray Collum
Shanna Daniel
Kourtney Mathews
Amanda Osborne
Betsy Ritchie
Charlotte Whitworth

Pontotoc High School
Tyler Arnold
Melinda Bell 
Diana Davey
Missy Griffith
Wanda Hatcher
Max Homan
Kevin Morrow
PHS Band for Lions Band students

3-12 Speech-Language 
Audra Goolsby
Joanna Manning

The application process will open back up in March for the next school year.
Powerlifting, 2016
Boys Powerlifting Team
2016 State Champions!
Resource Fair, 2016
Recognitions, 2016
The Pontotoc City School District recognized several individuals for their service and contributions at the February board meeting.  The School Board was recognized as a part of School Board Member Recognition Week, Feb. 14-20, 2016.  Two teachers, with their families, were recognized for attaining National Board Certification.  The PCSD has 40 National Board Certified teachers!!  We recognized our Teachers of the Year from each building.  The District Teacher of the Year was also recognized.
Congratulations to all!!!     
Golden Swearing in Ceremony, 2016
At the February School Board meeting, Gary Golden was sworn in for another term.  The oath was administered by Circuit Clerk Melinda Nowicki and he was joined by his family.  
Congratulations, Mr. Golden!
Teacher of the Year

Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Dorothy Thomas, math teacher at Pontotoc High School, as Pontotoc City School District Teacher of the Year! Mrs. Thomas has taught in the Pontotoc City School District since 2008 and has 20 years experience in education. She is a National Board Certified teacher and recently earned a Presidential Award of Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Mrs. Thomas believes “outstanding teachers hold high expectations for their students, use assessment data to improve their teaching, and treat their students with respect.” We join her family Tracy, DeAshyland, and Rhandi in wishing her success in the state competition.

Snow Day 1, 2016
The Pontotoc City School District is cancelling school for Friday, Jan. 22, because of inclement weather conditions.  
Reading Fair, 2016
It's District Reading Fair time!!!
Congratulations to all the PCSD students who participated in the Reading Fair.  
Good luck at the Regional Reading Fair!
Attendance Award 3 - Students/Employees
Back-to-Back Attendance Awards 
for Month 3
Students - DT Cox Elementary School
Employees - Pontotoc High School
Jazz Band, 2015
The Pontotoc High School Jazz Band performed for the Pontotoc Rotary Club's Christmas Program on Tuesday, December 15th.  It was an amazing performance and definitely enjoyed by all!  

Attendance Award 2 - Students
Congratulations to DT Cox Elementary School for having the highest average daily attendance (ADA) for students for the 2nd reporting period! They celebrated with a hula hoop party for everyone who had perfect attendance!
Attendance Award 2 - Employees
Congratulations to Pontotoc High School for having the highest average daily attendance (ADA) for employees for the 2nd reporting period!
PAEMST, 2015
Dorothy Thomas has been named a finalist for the
Presidential Awards for Excellence in
Mathematics and Science Teaching
Congratulations to Dorothy Thomas!  Ms. Thomas, a PHS Algebra teacher, was recently honored by the Mississippi Board of Education and the Pontotoc City School District Board as one of the finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) Program. The program, established in 1983 by the White House, allows each state to select up to five state finalists in mathematics and up to five state finalists in science. One of the state finalists in each content area will be selected as the Presidential Awardee for the state, which is the highest recognition that a kindergarten through 12th grade mathematics or science teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States.  
Christmas Play, 2015
Annual Title I Meeting
The annual Title I public meeting for the Pontotoc City School District will be held at Pontotoc Elementary School, on Monday, November 16, 2015, and at DT Cox Elementary School on Tuesday, November 17, 2015, at 5:30 PM.  Everyone is invited to attend.   
Honor Choir
MMEA All-State Elementary Honor Choir Participants
Three students from Pontotoc Middle School auditioned for the MMEA All-State Elementary Honor Choir and were chosen to be participants.  This choir works in conjunction with the Mississippi Music Educators Association.  The choir will perform during the MMEA State Conference in the spring.  All three are fifth graders at Pontotoc Middle School and were sponsored by Mrs. Leslie Mitchell, music teacher at D.T. Cox Elementary School.   Over 400 children auditioned and 175 were selected.  These are the first students in the history of the choir to represent Pontotoc City Schools.
PES visits PMS
PES Visits PMS
At the end of October, the first graders at Pontotoc Elementary School visited the new garden at Pontotoc Middle School.  First graders visited stations run by middle school students.  They explained the gardening process, had the opportunity to taste vegetables, exercised, and learned about living a healthy lifestyle.
Renaming Field
On Friday, October 16, 2015, during the pregame activities in the Hollow, the Pontotoc City School District honored one of its own - Coach Tommy Morton - by renaming the football field in his honor.  Coach Morton has served the Pontotoc City Schools for the better part of the last 42 years.  He is currently serving as an assistant coach for the football team, as he has for the past 11 years.  Coach Morton has positively influenced our community for many years and we are delighted to have the opportunity to honor him and his family.

Warrior Day, 2015
Warrior Day Fun!!!

Attendance Award 1 - Students
Congratulations to DT Cox Elementary  School for having the highest average daily attendance (ADA) for students for the 1st reporting period!
Attendance Award 1 - Employees
Congratulations to Pontotoc Elementary School for having the highest average daily attendance (ADA) for employees for the 1st reporting period!
NE MS Career Expo, 2015
In early October, our 8th graders at PJHS participated in the Imagine the Possibilities Career Expo at the BancorpSouth Arena in Tupelo.  The Expo gave the 8th graders in our area the opportunity to explore a variety of careers and it was a great opportunity for our students to take the first steps in planning for their future.  We'd like to say a special thank you to all the sponsors, business participants, planners, and volunteers.  This was a great event for our students!    

Morton Invitation
Homecoming Week Activities, 2015
for the week of 
Homecoming 2015
have been announced!  

Click here to view the flyer.
Attendance is important!
School attendance is important everyday!  
Research proves that students who come to school daily are more like to perform better and learn more.  October and November are especially important months because Mississippi funds our schools based on daily attendance in those two months.  Our schools are working to make attendance a priority.  At DT Cox Elementary School, Spiderman came to school one day to ensure that all students were present and learning.  At Pontotoc High School, classes with perfect attendance were rewarded with popcorn served by our Halloween Attendance Committee.  Please make sure your children are at school all day, everyday.
Football, 2015
Pontotoc Warriors
Defeat North Pontotoc Vikings!
On Friday, September 18th, the Pontotoc Warriors defeated the North Pontotoc Vikings in the 5th game of the season by a score of 39 to 14 .  The Warriors, currently 3-2 on the season, will play Ripley at home on September 25th.  Please join us for the game.  
PMS Kickoff, 2015
On Thursday, September 17th, students, parents, faculty, staff, community volunteers, and administrators joined together to celebrate the Springing into Motion project at Pontotoc Middle School, made possible through a grant from Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation.  This project includes gardening, farming, and using the products to show students the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.  Students have the opportunity to put all curriculum areas - reading, language arts, math, and science - into action by participating in the farm-to-table initiative.  Fruits, vegetables, and eggs will be used in the school cafeteria.  Teachers are working to instill the qualities of a healthy lifestyle for their students.

The Kickoff was a fun event!  The PHS Jazz Band played as visitors toured the gardens.  Administrators and community volunteers offered words of encouragement and support.  Sheila Grogan, Executive Director of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation, presented a check to school officials, including school board members, Frankie Moorman and Shane Clayton .  Mayor Jeff Stafford cooked a delicious dinner of grilled chicken, vegetables, and fruit.  The project will continue to develop into Spring, 2016.    

National Anthem
Pontotoc Jr. High School participated in the third annual National Anthem simultaneous sing-a-long.  At noon, September 11th, students nationwide sang in unity our National Anthem. This event was a part of a year-long celebration of the 200th birthday of the Star-Spangled Banner. 

Our PJHS students were on the front lawn and, at noon, Darla Robinson lead the school in singing the Star Spangled Banner.  The students were welcomed by Principal Phil Webb and joined by policemen from the City of Pontotoc, including Chief Randy Tutor.  Thank you, Mrs. Robinson, for singing with us!

Attendance is important!
School is off to a good start in all our buildings.  We do have several reminders for you:

1) It is very important that students are in school, all day, every day, to successfully learn our curriculum.

2) If a student must be absent, late, or checked out, that is an absence that must be addressed.  The student is expected to submit a written note from the parent/guardian or doctor, within three days of the absence, certifying that the absence was a lawful absence. Students are allowed five parental excuses per semester.  Administrative absences can be approved by the principal.  All other absences are unexcused.  Students are expected to make up all work missed.

3) When a student accumulates five unlawful absences, the student will be referred to the School Attendance Officer.

4) Students are expected to be on time for all school activities.  Tardiness is a disruption to the school day. 

If you have any additional attendance questions, please contact your child's school.
All Sports Celebration, 2015
Pontotoc High School
Student Athletes
for winning the
Clarion Ledger 4A All Sports Award!
Thank you, Mr. Jimmy Wilder, for our new sign.
Meet & Greet, 2015
Meet & Greet
Please visit your child's school and meet the teachers for the 2015-16 school year.  All Meet & Greet events are come and go.  They will begin at 4:00 PM and end at 6:30 PM.  Enjoy this time to get to know our faculty and staff.
Pontotoc Elementary (K-2) - Tuesday, August 4th

All Other Schools - Thursday, August 6th
DT Cox Elementary School (3 - 4)
Pontotoc Middle School (5 - 6)
Pontotoc Jr. High School (7 - 8)
Pontotoc High School (9 - 12)

MASS Scholarship
Kaleb Barnes wins Superintendents’ Scholarship
Kaleb Barnes has been selected to receive a 2015 Mississippi Association of School Superintendents’ Scholarship in the amount of $1000.  Pontotoc City School District Superintendent Karen L. Tutor nominated Kaleb.  He submitted an essay and was selected from more than 118 applicants from across the state.  Kaleb will attend Itawamba Community College in the upcoming school year and be a part of the ICC Baseball Team.  He is the son of James and Marie Barnes. Congratulations, Kaleb!